“There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.”
– Sue Atkins

Being a parent is difficult, there’s no question about it. Society, as well as parents themselves place extraordinary pressure on parents to not make mistakes; to be the perfect parent. This is impossible and will only lead to undue frustration and disruptions to mental health. Parenting needs to be redefined in a way that allows for mistakes. As parents, it’s important we give ourselves permission to not be perfect. It’s time to normalize the difficulties of parenting. Once we allow parents to have more realistic expectations of themselves, parents are enabled to be more effective, free from the bondage of unrealistic expectations and self-condemnation.